Adventures of Foreign Languages


Location: McKenna Hall

Yoko Tawada, published author, Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Zurich

This year’s Provost’s Distinguished Women Lecturers Program brings the multilingual author Yoko Tawada to campus. Tawada has won numerous literary awards in Japan and Germany and has gained recognition in the English-speaking world for her short story collections.

In Japan, Tawada has received the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. In Germany, she won the Adelbert-von-Chamisso Prize for her contributions to German culture. She also received the Prize in Literature from the City of Hamburg and the Lessing Prize. And in 2005, on the 173rd anniversary of Goethe’s death, she received the Goethe-Medal, an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded by the Goethe Institut.

Outside of Japan and Germany, Tawada’s fiction, poetry, and essays have been featured in journals and anthologies in France, China, Italy, Holland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. She has served as writer-in-residence throughout the U.S., including at the Villa Aurora, M.I.T., University of Kentucky, Deutsches Haus of New York University, Washington University, Stanford University, and Cornell University.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michelle Thornton at or 574.631.5572.

Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Creative Writing Program, and Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts